Like never before, Towson reigns supreme in Baltimore County soccer on Alexander’s goal in OT
by Nelson Coffin
Randy Dase said that he has coached the Towson boys soccer team for “more than 30 years” and cannot remember his team ever winning a Baltimore County championship.
Until Monday night, that is, when junior forward Elijah Alexander delivered the prize 27 seconds into the first overtime period to propel the No. 8 Generals past ninth-ranked Hereford, 2-1, at Franklin High in Reisterstown.
The ball was played in by sophomore defender Will Derbyshire and eventually ended up near Alexander, who ripped the game-winner past Hereford keeper Logan Sinsebox to set off a wild celebration by the Generals, who lost to the Bulls, 1-0, during the season.
That Hereford played the game short-handed for 66 minutes and still took the game into overtime shows just how determined it was to prevail.
As it was, the Bulls (10-3-1) took a 1-0 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half on a goal by Jack Wickiser, assisted by fellow senior midfielder Logan Kauffman.
Towson drew even in the 41st minute when senior midfielder David Hutch converted senior midfielder Ian Del Viscio’s corner kick.
In the second half both teams missed golden opportunities to pull ahead, with Towson junior goalie Caeden Fong making his presence felt by stuffing point-blanks shots by senior striker Nico Hillary and senior defender Owen Sabia during a stretch when the Bulls were vigorously moving forward.
Towson created some opportunities of its own that in one case was denied by Sinsebox (on Hutch) and the other was sent well over the goal (by Alexander) from the doorstep with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
Of the two, Alexander’s was by far the most notable, primarily because he found himself all alone with the goalie when the ball arrived.
Yet he made up for the blown shot in the most rewarding way possible with his game-ending blast.
“I hit it with my left foot, and that’s not my dominant foot,” Alexander said about the botched kick.
He didn’t make the same mistake twice, though.
“I got in front of my defender,” Alexander said, noting it was his seventh goal of the season. “It’s a great feeling. Insane.”
Dase said that although he has primed his teams more for regional play — which, by the way, will begin Friday against Hereford — he asked his team how many of them would take a county title over a regional crown.
Then he interrupted them to say that it would be best to win both games.
Yet with one already in the win column, he knows beating Hereford a second time will be a difficult assignment.
“They have a lot of speed and they dominated the first time we played,” he said. “And this time they’ll be out for revenge. But I’m tickled to death for our seniors because before the season I didn’t expect to be here.”
Hereford coach Adam Mizell said that playing with only 10 players was a burden the Bulls couldn’t quite overcome.
“Obviously, we had to change what we were going to do,” he said. “But we played as hard as we could and created as many opportunities as we could, and that speaks volumes about our team.”
NO. 8 TOWSON 2, NO. 9 HEREFORD 1 OT
T 1 O 1 — 2
H 1 0 0 — 1
GOALS: T-David Hutch, Elijah Alexander; H-Jack Wickiser.
ASSISTS: T-Ian Del Viscio, Will Derbyshire; H-Logan Kauffman.
SAVES: T-Caeden Fong 5; H-Logan Sinsebox-6.